Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/04/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 40mm 2.8 Focotar
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 07:33:22 -0500

At 04:51 AM 4/8/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Does anybody know if the 40mm 2.8 Focotar enlarging lens was redesigned
>during it's lifetime because the "first version" was not sharp?

It can't be true, because that is just plain wrong. Modern Photography 
tested it and said it was the closest lens they'd ever tested to their 
$1,500 APO testing lens. Not sure what that means, but the point is well 
taken. In that test, in the early 80s, it was the best enlarging lens back 
then that existed.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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